The lawn at Benton County courthouse will be awash with art this Saturday, August 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. From postcards and prints to originals, all manner and method of two-dimensional art will be on sale by Corvallis Art Guild members in the 52nd annual Clothesline Sale of Art.
The art is framed and hung on chicken wire now instead of clotheslines but it’s still all about locals. Brynn Carter, chair of the sale, said that close to 50 Corvallis Art Guild members from Corvallis, Philomath, Albany, and surrounding communities will be there. Local musicians Darlene Ryan, Willamette Valley Old Time Musicians, and Kurt Smith will also be there, sharing their aural arts.
Margie Kinch has been participating for close to 20 years now. She said that the sale is the largest 2D sale in the northwest. Other art sales, like Fall Festival, include three-dimensional works like jewelry or sculpture.
And some of the art at the sale is only available once a year.
“Some of the artists sell online quite regularly and others this is the only time of year that they sell,” said Kinch. “It gives people a chance to sell work that normally wouldn’t have an opportunity.”
While some of the artists are available online or in local galleries, getting to meet the artist and talk to them about their work makes the sale about more than just shopping or finding the perfect piece to match your couch.
“The people that buy get a chance to meet the artists and that interaction is special,” Kinch said. “I enjoy visiting with the people who come through.”
To visit the artists online and get an idea of what will be available, go to
http://corvallisartguild.org. To meet the artists and check out their work in person, go to Benton County courthouse, 120 NW 4th Street in Corvallis on August 3rd.
By Lana Jones